President Xi Jinping Eats Steamed Buns with The Common People

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

From NetEase:

Xi Jinping Lines Up To Buy Steamed Buns at Steamed Bun Shop, Pays for Own Bill and Carries Own Meal Tray

ChinaNews December 28 report — December 28 noon, netizen “四海微传播” posted a microblog claiming that General-Secretary Xi Jinping was in line to buy steamed buns at a Beijing steamed bun shop.

The content of the microblog posted by netizen “四海微传播” was: “Dears, I’m not mistaken, am I?! Big Xi has come to Qing Feng [name of shop] to eat steamed buns! Uploading photo” and attached a photograph.

Afterward, at 1:21pm, another microblog was posted, containing: “Big Xi lines up to buy steamed buns, and even pays his own bill, carries his own tray, and gets his own buns. In the future, Qing Feng can release a President Xi Meal.”

After the microblog was posted, the microblogs of The People’s Daily, Xinhua, CCTV, and other official media personalities all reshared/forwarded it one after another, with netizens leaping to click on “praise” ["like"] and commenting continuously.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

Chinese President Xi Jinping eating steamed buns with the common people.

There is indeed a “Big X Lines Up to Buy Steamed Buns” trending topic on Sina Weibo, as well as a #hashtag#. However, the hottest microblog post about this story was by popular Chinese Weibo celebrity Happy张江 joking that the only reason Xi Jinping appeared in public to buy buns was to overshadow a concert by Wang Feng [one of the judges on Voice of China and in a relationship with Zhang Ziyi]. This is a joke that may be best understood by those familiar with Chinese entertainment industry news and gossip.

Comments from NetEase:

网易黑龙江省鹤岗市手机网友 ip:42.184.*.*:

Being close to the people is good.

网易内蒙古手机网友 ip:116.114.*.*:

A manifestation of being in touch with the people.

网易河南省平顶山市手机网友 ip:61.158.*.*:

President Xi is modest and unassuming!

网易陕西省商洛市手机网友 ip:113.136.*.*:

The people’s good leader.

网易河南省郑州市网友 ip:1.192.*.*:

Recently, corrupt government officials have frequently fallen, and now Big Xi eats steamed buns with the ordinary common people. These are all using actual action to tell us that [government leaders] cannot become too separated from the people, that only Party members and cadres are the public servants of the people!

网易四川省乐山市网友 ip:125.65.*.*:

As someone who has always just read comments and never commented, I too can’t sit still and must come on here to say that truly, China has hope now.

网易广西贵港市手机网友 ip:110.72.*.*:

Well done!

网易新疆乌鲁木齐市手机网友 ip:221.7.*.*:

Chairman Xi is great.

藥粉 [网易天津市手机网友]:

Modest and unassuming, a good chairman.

网易江西省手机网友 ip:117.21.*.*:

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  • loki

    Seems like a PR thing after releasing all the pictures with dead MAO doing all kinds of simple crap with “common people” how degrading is that line? poke him in the eye and then lets see how umm….. un-common he really is ..

    • the ace of books

      To take your final sentence in serious: You poke anyone in the eye and it doesn’t matter how high-hierarchy they are, they’ll be blinking out tears like you or me. Only difference is that neither you nor I (or at least I don’t) have a security detail that’ll break the fingers on that eye-poker.

      As for the rest of your comment: it’s an inherently loaded scenario. Every time a politico this big comes out of their newspaper headlines and walks in places people walk everyday, you get the same range of idealist-to-cynical comments. I wouldn’t say either end is the only possible reason for his appearance – nothing on a world leader’s schedule is there arbitrarily. But neither is scheduled stuff purely Han-Feizi-pragmatic – there’s got to be an element of “I wanted to do this” from Xi, and the biggest question might be: “why did he want to do this?”

      TL;DR: this appearance is fraught with a lot of stuff, both potentially positive and potentially negative, and yet Xi decided to carry on through with it. Why? Multiple reasons.

  • marksman

    it’s always good for president to come closer to the people and perform unprecedented appearance to the puplic place! god bless china

    • Dr Sun

      As we will see soon when President Obama stands before the divorce court just like any other man.

      • David

        Will never happen. Michelle likes the perks too much, just like Hillary.

        • Dr Sun

          I guess you missed the feed,divorce is set for after his presidency ends,so she get his state pension.Its going to be the soap opera of the century, legal teams making millions, Barack left on Obama care and welfare.

          • David

            Well, I don’t like the man’s politics but I don’t wish divorce on anybody. She is from my hometown (Chicago) and I suspect she has other plans for herself after 2016.

          • Dr Sun

            not sure what that means apart from she may him gunned down in a restaurant.

          • David

            OK, let me be more clear. She has political aspirations for herself. Her husband would be a great asset to her in this respect. He is great at raising money and he is still very popular with their political party (this is what Hillary Clinton did after her husband was president) even if his actual approval rating in the country is very low.

          • Dr Sun

            as said a classic Chicago mafia hit.

          • Kai

            Wow, I’ve heard and read Chinese netizens mention them divorcing for a long time now but this is the first time I’ve actually looked into it. I never knew (or rather, didn’t care that much about the US President’s personal life) about this. I did see the recent Mandela ceremony Denmark PM flirting photos though, and yeah, that does paint a bad picture. I feel bad for them.

  • Terrik

    Oh look, the gods have descended from Chang Bai Shan to mingle with the peasants. HOPE FOR CHINA. A lot of Wu maos got paid today.

    • Dr Sun

      give it up dude, that’s just stupid, where was George Bush on 911 , yes milling with the common people.
      All politicians do it world-wide.

      • Wodowsan

        The news on 9/11 wasn’t “Wow, the President of the United States is listening to a lesson in a classroom.” The news of 9/11 was that bastards flew planes of innocent people into twin towers filled with more innocent people only going to work to support their families.
        The reason you know what Bush was doing that day was because of the attacks on 9/11. Attacks or not, you wouldn’t have Americans praising Bush for mingling among the common people. If anything many Americans had condemned Bush for remaining in the classroom to long after he was informed of the attacks.

        • Dr Sun

          grow up

          • masonman

            Post an actual response to his rather factual post. Children call names, mature adults respond rationally.

      • Simco123

        Actually Bush’s visit to the school was pre-arranged and organised well in advance with a full security lockdown.

        • Dr Sun

          dude get the point a politician visiting a school his parents would never send him to attend,he would never allow his children to attend.. if you don’t understand its called politics.

  • the ace of books

    The Idealist Ace Responds: This is good to see! Needs to be more of this at the local-official level – it’d help an awful lot in humanizing officials at the local level – but it’s a good start!

    The Cynical Ace Responds: And what good timing, too! Just after Mr. Mao’s birthday, a perfect leader-for-the-people photoshoot – what great luck the person was able to get multiple shots from multiple angles, including behind the serving counter. And an outpouring of movedness from netizens! Nuffin publicity about this indeed, nosirreebob!

    The Realist Ace Responds: I do gotta say, the first thing that comes to my mind at seeing this: it’s gotta be a security nightmare. Whatever Xi’s reason for this – and that reason can range anywhere from “simply wanted to eat with The People” to “get me some good publicity shots” (and it’s not impossible to have both of those at once) – still, I look at a place like that, and kids, you know what I see?

    - one main entrance/exit, one back door to the kitchen
    - fire-hazardly-many people (25 at a fast count, more, I’m sure, round the edges)
    - small, confined room
    - no personal space
    - large bulky coats everywhere
    - where’s Xi’s security detail?*
    - how many of those people are trustable?**

    * for this one, I figure the tall guy in the black jacket (off Xi’s right) might be a bg of some type, but … just the one? in a place as crowded as that?

    ** how many of these folks, in a random public outing, have beefs with the government? How many of them have lost houses in the last five years? How many of them are struggling to support loved ones, older or younger? How many of them wanted another child? In summary: how many of them can Xi trust to be a safe, simple, adoring crowd – and how many present an on-a-whim danger?

    Simply put: this kind appearance, in a place like this, must’ve driven his security guys nuts, and it cannot, therefore, be a random, unplanned “I jest wanneda have sum nice baozi at my fave baozi joint yo”. I wouldn’t swing entirely toward the far-ass cynical end, saying that this visit is purely calculated for publicity – some spontaneity must be involved – but I wouldn’t recommend swallowing the wumao comments hook-line-and-sinker, either.

    (That poor bodyguard must’ve been sweating his balls off.)

  • Irvin

    I’ll give him a “well done” when he get facebook and youtube unblocked.

    who gives a shit how he buys his buns.

    • Dr Sun

      cant argue with that (ps if you get a VPN, you can scale the wall)

    • the ace of books

      Give him a “Like” on Facebook.

    • marksman

      that’s one of the obstacles, as long as you can get one of these to crack it is ok, but i wouldn’t buy vpn to unlock it’s unfair

  • Joey

    Toilet paper is so decadent.

  • nqk123

    xi is taking tips from bo xilai and obama.

    • Alex Dương

      Isn’t he borrowing a page from Gary Locke?

      • ElectricTurtle

        That’s exactly what I was thinking, and more likely since it was clear years ago that Gary Locke was one of the most popular ambassadors to China among Chinese ever. Of course the glaring difference is going to be that Xi is likely not to do this often, if indeed ever again, whereas Gary Locke did it all the time.

        • Alex Dương

          I agree. When Locke did “it,” it wasn’t a photo op; it was just Locke being himself.

      • nqk123

        oh yeah, i forgot him too

  • Ruaraidh

    So in touch with the people he doesn’t even need to be elected.

    • Dr Sun

      yep, he was was elected, not by the people but by a gang of thugs.
      Jjust like GWBush, who was elected by the free masons ( sorry rephrase that- the electoral college) gangof thugs

      • Ruaraidh

        Hi Francis E Dec. http://youtu.be/oOYrCHi7yjM

        • Dr Sun

          Thats brilliant,I’m up voting that, but

          please take your meds, lol

      • MonkeyMouth

        but……why would a gang of thugs appoint a guy who wants to stamp out gangery and thuggery??????
        wool so tighly pulled over eyes/face…hard…… to…breathe…..

  • Dr Sun

    there’s a uncommon toilet paper ?????

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Yeah, it’s made of gold leaf weaved with silk.

    • mr.wiener

      The bad stuff is made from rice husks.

      • Dr Sun

        ouch !

  • YourSupremeCommander

    He gets back 2.35 yuan in change, and he’s like “oh so this is what money smaller than a 100 looks like.”

    • MonkeyMouth

      smaller than 1 jiao? this is what a wu fen coin looks like!
      anyone remember the wu fen coin? i got a couple in a drawer someplace

  • Dr Sun

    Golly my very own troll

    • Kumi

      good leader

  • MonkeyMouth

    sure…a nice gesture. we learned that Big X has 2 arms and 2 legs. we learned a few days ago that Mao had 2 arms and 2 legs.
    big f’ing deal. here;s the slant:
    go meet the waitress who served him…for 3000 yuan. have his waitress serve you, pay 3000 yuan more. find out what type of bun Big X ate, and eat same…..10000 yuan.
    wtf am i talking about? read about and research david fucking cameron’s recent trip to chengdu and you will LOL all the way to bank on this one…. sorry, old fuckers like me dont provide links. do the work yourself, ya young whippersnapper!!!!!!

  • MonkeyMouth

    thats awesome…..
    “Big X pushes his way onto bus, chinese reactions”
    “Big X hoooooocks and spits inside elevator, chinese reactions”
    etc etc etc….. this would make a nice thread…..whaddayasay?

  • MonkeyMouth

    for example….Mr Jean Cretien. former PM of canada…..drove his own car, had no bodyguards. once beat up a heckler…awesome. but i agree with dr sun (orig) that most do it worldwide. bunch of pigs

  • MonkeyMouth

    bob dole doesnt agree! bob dole! bob dole!

  • MonkeyMouth

    haahaha……..
    thumbs up

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  • Irvin

    I know, it’s the unfortunate truth, but then where else am I going to rant?

  • NSA

    meanwhile the US president cannot eat steamed buns with common people because he needs 10000 body guards to prevent any arabs from assassinating him

  • Wodowsan

    I loved it when I went to the supermarket I would have old and middle-aged women actually stick their heads in my shopping cart to see what I was buying. One actually announced to the whole super market “The foreigner is buying six bottles of beer!” of course not in English. I guess she thought I was going to drink them all in one sitting? When I asked her if I could see what was in her cart she replied I was “sick in the head.”

    • Zappa Frank

      Where did this happen? I usually don’t get any attention by Chinese people.

      • Wodowsan

        Chongqing

        • Zappa Frank

          ok I’ve been there and yes, is different from living on the coast

  • steviewah

    I would like to see “Xi Jinping Lines Up To Use Public Toilet.” Because anybody whose been to China knows that it takes an exceptional feat to hold your breath for 5 minutes and not effing touch the shit stained walls.

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  • http://www.wirthconsulting.org/ Theodore Wirth

    Back in the day I had a Chinese manager who used to pick up steamed buns during his commute from NYC to Hackensack NJ. He would always offer me one and they were goddam delicious. The old man laid him off and gave me his job. It totally sucked because he didn’t deserve it except nepotism. Peace be with you my brother.

  • Kai

    Sigh. please link us to a comment made by @haysoosnegro:disqus that suggests he has some irrational prejudice against the Japanese. As far as I can tell, you’re exaggerating his objection with visits to the Yasukuni Shrine by popularly-elected Japanese government officials with into some sort of categorical anti-Japanese prejudice. Unless you can provide proof reasonably supporting this impression of him, you’re just being dishonest and that’s really obnoxious.

  • moeimoei

    how about starve one day with the people in the remote villages to shed some of that fat on his face…

  • Alex Dương

    I think you missed the point of the photo op entirely, which you should’ve gotten if you had just read the title: “President Xi Jinping Eats Steamed Buns with THE COMMON PEOPLE.” Xi couldn’t claim to be in touch with “the common people” if he picked a sushi restaurant.

    And that isn’t because sushi is Japanese. It’s because sushi is expensive. Also, for a guy who “doesn’t give a fuck,” my pointing out that the Emperor of Japan has boycotted Yasukuni since 1978 seems to really bother you…

  • TJDubs

    My bet is that he has one of those fancy Japanese toilets with a built-in bidet.

  • FYIADragoon

    Just as when any other world leader sits down for a “common people” meal, I don’t take this one seriously either. Not mad, not whining, just kind of meh.

  • Alex Dương

    Now that’s more like it.

  • Simco123

    The fact President Xi leader of one fifth of mankind can come into an eatery unannounced without full security and eat amongst the common people is a testament of his confident and the faith ordinary people have with the government.
    If western leader does the same people will be ripping into them and throw eggs at them.

  • Alex Dương

    Looks like you do, in fact, “give a fuck.” I’m glad that pointing out a simple fact bothers you so much.

  • mei mei

    i think he’s good looking old man lol and his wife’s so beautiful

  • Alex Dương

    It never ceases to amaze me how pointing out a simple fact causes so much grief to netouyos.

    • Kiwi

      Is your butt okay?

      • Alex Dương

        I think you should be asking yourself that question since you are so bothered by my pointing out the simple fact that the Emperor of Japan has boycotted your precious Yasukuni since 1978 that you…

        …wait for it…

        …rewrite your replies hours after you’ve written them. But at least you’re honest enough to admit that you’re obnoxious.

  • Alex Dương

    It appears that you are, yes, if you’re revising your comments completely hours after you first wrote them. It’s OK, bud; no matter how frustrated you get, remember that your Emperor hasn’t visited your precious shrine since 1978.

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    Amazing how the Chinese are easily impressed by politics. OH WHAT A NICE GUY!

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  • Charles

    I am so tired of being bullied by local officials. Please chairman come save us! Put down your buns and fire some corrupt officials!

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